2011 Shenandoah Vineyards "Special Reserve" Zinfandel

SKU #1121663

Located in Amador County, Shenandoah Vineyards blended this 2011 Zinfandel with 3% Syrah and 2% Grenache. The wine was aged for nine months in seasoned barriques before bottling. Bright structure with moderate tannins and full flavors of blackberry, cherry, and cocoa powder fill out the profile of this very food friendly wine. Shenandoah utilizes sustainable growing and winemaking practices to deliver this excellent value.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2013 | Send Email
Perhaps my favorite $10 wine of all time. This Zin is everything I want from a 10 dollar bottle, rich fruit, a touch of structure, and just plain yummyness. Juicy and fresh, I have 3 bottles on hand at all time, just as a rule of thumb. Truly delicious.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2013 | Send Email
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Another worthy offering from Shenandoah Vineyards. How they keep knocking out wines of this quality for $9.99 is beyond me, but hey we'll take them! This wine has a touch more body and density than the last vintage that was more crunchy berry fruits. This vintage has a bigger, richer, fuller bodied feel. It's still balanced and now probably even more suited BBQing all summer long. Great for burgers and ribs.
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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4